Victoria Art Therapy are an approved NDIS Registered Provider. We assist participants in securing art therapy funding through the NDIA. Our registration class of support  falls under ‘ THERAPEUTIC SUPPORTS’. Our services are charged as per the published NDIS price guidelines.


Art Therapy and Disability

Disabilities manifest in many different forms such as intellectual, physical, sensory and mental illness. Disability is not black and white and two people with the same type of disability may not have the same experiences. That is why Victoria Art therapy provide experienced Art Therapists that have undergone a Masters of Art therapy, are registered with ANZACATA or an affiliated professional body that upholds a code of ethics. The ethical principles serve as a guideline for the professional conduct of Creative Arts Therapists, to ensure integrity and a high standard of creative arts therapy practice. This code affirms the ardent pursuit of professionally responsible actions and the appraisal of ethical issues and their implications, so that creative arts therapist provide services that are ethically sound and therefore in the best interest of their clients. People with a disability can be funded by the NDIS and can benefit immensely from engaging in creative expression.

NDIS and Art Therapy

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with a permanent and significant disability which affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) implements the NDIS. The NDIS supports people with a disability to live an ordinary life. Art Therapy can assist and support someone who lives with a disability by:

  • Bypassing the verbal requirements to encourage self-expression, communication
  • Calming the mind and reducing stress
  • Using creative tools that are modified to accommodate various fine motor skill challenges
  • Decreasing feelings of helplessness
  • Decreasing feelings of hopelessness
  • Relaxation for people with chronic pain
  • Improving motor function, facilitating cognitive retraining for people with brain injuries
  • Improving cognitive function and quality of life
  • Encouraging self-discovery and emotional growth
  • Providing emotional and physical integration
  • Exploring feelings and mental health issues
  • Socialising
  • Teaching daily living skills to people with developmental disabilities
How the NDIS works with Art Therapy

NDIS participants set life goals that form part of their NDIS plan. The plan is assessed and a budget is granted by the NDIS based on this assessment. As art therapy benefits people living with physical or mental disabilities in so many ways, art therapy can be accessed as a support through the NDIS budget. This budget is managed by a Plan Manager and can be supported by a Support Coordinator. Alternatively, people with disabilities and/or their families can choose to manage the budget themselves.

How NDIS funds Art Therapy

When art therapy is listed by the participant as one of the supports they would like to receive to support them in reaching their goals, a service agreement is set up between Victoria Art Therapy and the participant. This service agreement outlines the details of the art therapy that will be provided including the name of the art therapist, the frequency of sessions, the cost and the payer. Invoices will be sent to the Plan Manager if the NDIS budget is plan managed, or to the participant is it is self-managed.

  • Once funded by NDIS you will need to fill out the VAT service agreement so we have your NDIS details.  We can then update your account accordingly.
  • When completing your enrolment form/service agreement with VAT it is imperative that you let us know how your fees will be paid.  This ensures that invoices can be processed easily and that your participant can gain ready access to our service. NDIA Managed?  Self-Managed?  Plan Managed? Or, do you have a Financial Intermediary?
  • Your payment options are:
    1. NDIA Managed – this means that Victoria Art Therapy can access your NDIS funds via the NDIA portal directly. You will still receive an invoice for your information but you do not pay us directly.
    2. Self–Managed (NDIS) – you are an NDIS participant but are managing all payments yourself. You will be invoiced and will pay the NDIS rate directly then apply to the NDIA for reimbursement.
    3. Plan Managed- means that an agency handles all you invoices and pays Victoria Art Therapy direct.
    4. Financial Intermediary – whether you are a NDIS participant or are still yet to come under the scheme and so have funding through another support agency, acting on your behalf please note this on your VAT enrolment form/service agreement. All invoices will then be sent to your Financial Intermediary who will distribute your funding accordingly.


  • The NDIS price for services is set by the NDIA and is reviewed annually.
  • VAT reserves the right to change the price of its services in accordance with any changes made by the NDIA to service pricing.
  • NDIS prices are subject to change per term and each financial year.
How can I use my NDIS funds for Creative Art Therapy?

When you attend your planning meeting with your designated NDIA planner you will need to discuss your individual goals. The planner will then work with you to identify supports and services that can assist you in meeting those goals.

It is important to note that the NDIS is designed to give you, the participant, ‘choice and control’ over selecting services to meet your needs as outlined in your life goals. However, the NDIA also has the mandate to decide what supports for a participant are a ‘reasonable and necessary’ use of government funding.

Why it is IMPORTANT to engage a registered NDIS PROVIDER

Victoria Art therapy is a registered provider of NDIS supports. As an accredited disability provider under the NDIS, Victoria Art Therapy has undergone a rigorous accreditation and compliance process with the National Standards for Disability Service (NSDS). The outcome of this, is that all aspects of service delivery are compliant and standardised so that Victoria Art Therapy is providing the highest level of disability support to all of its participants. Proudly, the audit recommends Victoria Art Therapy for verification and this process occurs every 3 years. Receiving recommendation means you as the client, can have absolute confidence in the quality of the art therapy and counselling we provide, in our processes, and all our associates registered with the NDIS.


An important change regarding notification of absences has also been introduced by the NDIA in the latest release of the price guide and came into effect 1 July, 2019.  This cancellation policy has been adopted by VAT and delineates that if a participant makes a cancellation, within 24 hours before the service, the service provider can charge up to 90% of the agreed price for the cancelled appointment.  Outside of this NDIA rule, VAT’s policy regarding cancellations, ‘no-shows’ and notification of absences applies and can be found on our service agreement.

How to apply for NDIS funding 
If you would like to find out more about accessing NDIS funding you can read more here.
To apply for the NDIS funding please click on the following link to download the Access Form.